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Take The First Step

Take The First Step

05 January 2011

Today’s Reading: Genesis 12-14; Luke 5

Scripture:

8 Then Abram talked it over with Lot. “This arguing between our herdsmen has got to stop,” he said. “After all, we are close relatives! 9 I’ll tell you what we’ll do. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want that area over there, then I’ll stay here. If you want to stay in this area, then I’ll move on to another place.” (Genesis 13:8-9 NLT)

Abram and his nephew Lot had been together for a long time. They’d been through a lot together and God had blessed them abundantly. Now their wealth, measured mostly in sheep, cattle, flocks, and herds, was causing conflict between their herdsmen because the land couldn’t support them both. Abram took the initiative to resolve the issue and offered Lot the choice of whatever area he wanted, even though the right to choose naturally belonged to Abram.

The conflict wasn’t between Abram and Lot, but between their herdsmen. Truth is, however, that conflict escalates and if something wasn’t done it would spread and bring serious division.

This morning one things stands out above the other lessons in this story – when conflict occurred, Abram took the initiative to resolve it. Abram took the First Step.

Abram could have said, “I’m the senior guy, I’m God’s covenant man, Lot should come to me!” But Abram valued peace, Abram humbled himself, Abram yielded his right to first choice, Abram trusted God, Abram took the initiative to resolve the conflict!

Oh how my heart desires to live daily with the gracious, noble attitude Abram displays here! With God’s help, I’m going to learn to Take the First Step, Go the Second Mile, Take Second Choice!

Prayer:

Father, You know how I respect Abraham, the man of faith, your friend. Please help me learn this lesson and develop these attitudes in my everyday life – to Take the First Step, to Go the Second Mile, to Take Second Choice. Amen!

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